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3.0 out of 5 stars More a historical collection than current investigation, 12 July 2010
John Tierney (Wirral, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Why Statues Weep: The Best of the "Skeptic" (Paperback)
I had to admit I was disappointed by this book. I'd hoped for a collection of articles showing how popular myths and misunderstandings are analysed and rationalised by a group of skeptics. And I knew that the articles were collected from back-issues of The Skeptic magazine. But there are several drawbacks to this:

The articles date back to the start of the magazine 21 years ago, so some are very dated. And very frustratingly, although each article has an introduction, its source is only referenced by the publication e.g. V.7 would mean the 7th issue in the 5th year i.e. something like 1992. So it's really annoying to try and work out when the article originally dates from.

The other main problem is that the articles are all pretty short. And a bit dry. For example one of them sets out guidelines on how to be a good skeptic (know your facts, don't be afraid to say you don't know, allow the benefit of the doubt etc).

Some of the subjects are interesting, but the approach is quite academic, whilst also being shallow which doesn't give you much. Having said that there are some readable items, especially the guy who winds up psychics on the radio and produces extracts from his conversations.

I very much appreciate the work done by this bunch, but I just didn't find it that readable. A 3, possibly rounded up for effort.
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